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OPA Update: June 8, 2018


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UPDATE June 8, 2018

Dear Postdocs,

A unique career development opportunity is coming up at the end of the month, a Preparing Future Faculty conference. Sign up while space remains! Also, there are still postdoc seats left in Fall 2018 communicating science courses, but not for long. 


Events & Classes

  1. Seats still available for Fall18 Communicating Sciences courses
  2. Preparing Future Faculty Conference at SBU Jun 27-29

Funding & Jobs

  1. NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT)
  2. Associate Program Officer, Natl Academies Board on Health Sciences Policy
  3. Moffitt Cancer Center Innovation Fellowship, Deadline: July 1
  4. Fulbright Postdoc Awards for Overseas Research Deadline: Aug 1
  5. Alzheimer Drug Discovery Foundation, NYC, Multiple Positions


  1. Have you completed the Postdoc and Research Scientist Info Form??
Events & Classes

1. Seats still available for Fall18 Communicating Sciences courses

JRN 501, Distilling Your Message: 
Section 1: FULL
Section 2: One spot left

JRN 503, Improvisation for Scientists: 
Section 1: Two spots left
Section 2: One spot left

See the Course Schedule: DOWNLOAD HERE

To Register: Email the Postdoc Office at with your preferred course and section. Placement is first come, first served. All registrants are expected to attend and participate in every session. Postdocs may only sign up for one course a semester for free. 
2. Preparing Future Faculty Conference at SBU Jun 27-29

Postdocs interested in academic faculty jobs should consider registering for the upcoming Preparing Future Faculty conference here at Stony Brook. Sponsored by Stony Brook's Diversity Plan Faculty Working Group, the conference will provide insights on: the faculty job searchand how to set up a lab

Attendance is being capped with only a limited number of seats still available. Enroll now! 

WHEN:  June 27-29, 2018

WHERE:  Hilton Garden Inn at Stony Brook University

COST:  $50


Sessions include the following topics: 

Preparing a compelling CV
Writing Research and Teaching Statements
Preparing for Interviews
Negotiating Job Offers
Starting a Research Lab
Recruiting and Mentoring Students
Writing Research Proposals
Networking with Professional Societies




Funding and Jobs

1. NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT)

The NIGMS PRAT Program is a competitive three-year postdoctoral fellowship program that provides high quality research training in the basic biomedical sciences in NIH intramural research laboratories, and prepares trainees for leadership positions in biomedical careers. The program places special emphasis on training fellows in all scientific areas supported by NIGMS, including but not limited to, biological chemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, cellular and molecular biology, computational biosciences, developmental biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, and technology development.  Appointments are made at competitive stipend levels, commensurate with experience and recognition of selection for this program, and fellows receive a travel and training allowance. 

The PRAT Program is especially interested in ensuring the applicant pool reflects the diversity of the biomedical Ph.D. talent pool.

Learn more at upcoming webinar:  The webinar will be on Wednesday, June 20 at 1:30 PM Eastern. To access the webinar, visit the WebEx meeting page and enter the meeting number (access code) 625 876 209 and the password MjRSPSrH. You can also attend by phone by calling 650-479-3208. Slides will be posted on the PRAT website following the event. Slides will be posted on the NIGMS PRAT Program website following the webinar.  More information can be found here:

2. Associate Program Officer, Natl Academies Board on Health Sciences Policy

The Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation at the National Academies is seeking an Associate Program Officer to join their team. This position is best suited for early career candidates with an interest in medical product R&D policy. Excellent (written and verbal) communication skills required. Experience in science and regulatory policy preferred.

See job description 

3. Moffitt Cancer Center Innovation Fellowship, Deadline: July 1

The Office of Innovation and Industry Alliances at Moffitt Cancer Center is now accepting applications for a unique Postdoctoral Fellowship in Innovation. This two-year program is designed to train STEM PhD graduates with minimal knowledge of academic technology transfer what they need to know to be hired into any technology transfer office (TTO) or related position in the US. This program offers a very competitive compensation package, mentorship by an experienced biotech entrepreneur, and many professional development opportunities.


MORE INFORMATION:  Visit or email


4. Fulbright Postdoc Awards for Overseas Research, Deadline: Aug 1

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers 15 postdoctoral awards, as well as nearly 300 awards to support research abroad. Duration of the awards and target disciplines vary. 

 Fulbright postdoctoral scholar awards are open to American citizens who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the five previous years.


DEADLINE: The deadline for the postdoc awards is August 1 each year, but for the other awards, the deadlines vary. See the website for details.

5. Alzheimer Drug Discovery Foundation, NYC, Multiple Positions

Alzheimer's Drug Discovery FoundationThe Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation is a New York-based nonprofit organization on a mission to accelerate the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer's disease. We strive to support the most diverse and promising research projects around the world.

Many of our staff members have a direct connection to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. These personal connections drive us forward and unite us to work together to achieve our shared mission.


Current openings are below:

ADDF seeks a Scientific Program Officer who will report directly to the Director, Scientific Affairs and will be overseen by ADDF's Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer.  Seek a motivated early-career scientist seeking to accelerate the translation of research into therapies for patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. As part of a venture philanthropy that funds academic and biotechnology programs, this role will be integral in supporting the management of ADDF's research portfolio and strategic partnerships with industry, investors, and other funding agencies. The Scientific Program Officer will proactively support applicants and ADDF-funded researchers by connecting them with resources to develop and support their programs from concept to commercialization.

This position requires a PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant biomedical discipline. The ideal candidate will have: Research experience in neuroscience, neurology, or a related field. General knowledge of drug discovery and development for CNS diseases desired. Translational or clinical research experience is a plus. Strong project and time management skills with the ability to manage competing requests. Excellent oral communications and writing skills with demonstrated ability to communicate to both scientific and lay audiences. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely with key opinion leaders, partner organizations, donors, and staff.

ADDF seeks a Program Officer or Assistant Director, Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention Program who will report directly to the Director of Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention and will be overseen by ADDF’s Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer. Dementia prevention has been a major topic of research for decades but the vast majority of research designs cannot conclusively prove or disprove a given therapeutic approach. Similarly, therapeutic strategies to slow aging are extremely difficult to prove yet could be the most effective approaches to extend healthy active life and delay the onset of dementia.

ADDF seeks a Biomarkers Scientific Program Officer, Scientific Affairs Program who will be a motivated early-career scientist seeking to accelerate the translation of research into therapies for patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. An important component of this mission is to develop biomarkers that can (1) accurately diagnose (2) properly stratify and enrich patient populations (3) demonstrate target engagement for novel therapies and (4) reliably monitor disease progression and response to treatment. As part of a venture philanthropy that funds academic and biotechnology programs, this position will help maintain the biomarkers research program. This includes management of a research portfolio, development of strategic partnerships, and support of applicants through connecting them with resources to progress their programs towards commercialization. 

ADDF seeks a Consultant (Part-time), for the Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) works towards to advance potential therapies and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. We are partnering with a third party to develop a platform that aggregates data from patients to build predictive models of Alzheimer’s risk and potential response to drugs. Alzheimer’s disease develops over the course of decades, and many of the choices we make in mid-life affect our future risk of the disease. A growing number of biomarker and genetic studies are improving our ability to determine one’s risk of developing dementia. Additionally, Alzheimer’s disease is heterogenous, and certain patients may respond differently to certain medications or treatments. Therefore, there is a great need for longitudinal deep phenotyping of patients in the clinic.


1. Have you completed the Postdoc and Research Scientist Info Form??

The Postdoc and Research Scientist Info Form helps the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs track our postdoctoral population, which in turn helps us with our reporting requirements and serving our postdocs better. If you haven't completed it, could you take a few minutes and help us out? 



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